Portugal goes into Alert Situation! Know the restrictions

Deepak Gupta August 21, 2022
Updated 2022/08/21 at 12:29 AM

The Government has declared a state of alert (lowest on a scale of three) between the 21st and 23rd of August. The decision was announced last Friday by the Minister of Internal Administration, José Luís Carneiro.

But what are the restrictions in Alert Situation?

During this Alert Status period, there will be limitations on the use of fireto use of machinesus agricultural work and not access to forest spaces.

The Minister highlighted the risk factors that led to the determination of the alert situation: «the peak of heat that will be felt in the coming days, starting on Sunday, which could reach temperatures in the order of or above 40º; the winds that may vary between 40 and 60 km/hour; the maintenance of severe and extreme drought in a large part of the national territory; and fires, caused by the use of fire and for accidental reasons».

Reinforcement of deterrent patrolling and hiring of 500 firefighters

Another of the measures announced by José Luís Carneiro is the reinforcement of deterrent patrols by 25 Armed Forces patrols, which will reinforce the means already on the ground throughout the country. “Fighting arson is a priority given that it has increased particularly in the last three weeks”, he stressed.

The National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC) was also authorized to reinforce firefighting by hiring another 500 firefighters.

Summary of what is prohibited in Alert Situation

Within the scope of the Declaration of the Alert Situation, provided for in the Civil Protection Basic Law, the following exceptional measures will be implemented:

  • Prohibition of access, circulation and permanence within the forest spaces previously defined in the Municipal Plans for the Defense of the Forest Against Fire, as well as on forest paths, rural paths and other roads that cross them;
  • Prohibition of burning and burning of leftovers from exploitation;
  • Prohibition of carrying out work in forest areas using any type of machinery, with the exception of those associated with situations of fighting rural fires;
  • Prohibition of carrying out work in other rural areas using brushcutters with blades or metal discs, brush cutters, shredders and machines with blades or front shovel.
  • Prohibition of the use of fireworks or other pyrotechnic artifacts, regardless of their form of combustion, as well as the suspension of authorizations that have been issued.

Summary of what you can do...

Despite the restrictions, there are still activities that are allowed. It is still possible to carry out civil construction work "provided that it cannot be postponed and that appropriate measures are adopted to mitigate the risk of rural fire".

  • Work associated with the feeding and watering of animals, phytosanitary treatment or fertilization, irrigation, pruning, harvesting and transport of agricultural crops, provided that they are of an essential and unavoidable nature and are carried out in irrigated areas or areas devoid of forests, woods or flammable materials, and from which there is no danger of ignition;
  • The extraction of cork by manual methods and the extraction (cresting) of honey, provided that it is carried out without the use of fumigation methods obtained by incandescent material or temperature generator;
  • Civil construction works, provided that they cannot be postponed and that appropriate measures to mitigate the risk of rural fire are adopted.
  • Harvesting agricultural crops with the use of machines, namely combine harvesters, and carrying out forestry operations of cutting, trimming and transport, between sunset and 11:00 am, provided that risk mitigation measures are adopted of rural fire and communicated its implementation to the Municipal Civil Protection Service territorially competent.

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